Online Privacy & Security

The majority of these resources and recommendations come from Violet Blue’s excellent The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy. The book was released in 2014, and, as time and hackers march on, this list will change to reflect the way technology is being used for and against those who’d like to maintain a modicum of privacy online.

Blue advises that before using any of these (or any security) apps, extensions, browsers, etc, read reviews from the last year to see what–if any–problems other users are reporting.

[If you encounter problems with any of these services or learn of new ones, please let me know so this list can be updated.]

Click on a section heading to reveal the list of useful resources hidden within:

Account Recovery

  • Amazon: use Help > Contact Us.
  • eBay: 866-961-9253 (tell them you want to talk about someone else using your account).
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft (Outlook, Xbox, Hotmail, etc.)
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo or call 1-800-318-0612.

Back-Up Services And Products

Browser Privacy & Security Tools

  • AdBlock Plus: extension for Android, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Maxthon, Opera, Safari and Yandex, that allows you to block annoying ads, disable tracking, and block domains known to spread malware.
  • Blur: secures the personal information you put online to make it safer to login and checkout from your browser, phone, or tablet.
  • BugMeNot: Lets you search for shared logins for popular websites, so you don’t have to create your own account.
  • Cocoon ($): anti-virus, security and privacy software.
  • Disconnect: Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, which lets you visualize & block hidden website tracking scripts.
  • Do Not Track: How to enable the Do Not Track setting on Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.
  • DuckDuckGo: Ad-free wWeb search engine that doesn’t track your search history. Browser add-ons and how-to guides for setting as your default browser search engine available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, and more!
  • Ghostery: Browser plugin to inform you about which companies are tracking your browsing activity, and allows you to block them.
  • HTTPS Everywhere: Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites.
  • PrivacySuite ($): Software that claims to be able to remove all evidence of your online activity from your computer.
  • TOR: free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Reviews
  • What Is My IP?

Computer Hard Drive Recovery

Content Removal & Reputation Services

Hack Checker

Identity Theft & Fraud

Messaging And Voice Calls (VoIP)

Opting Out

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) For Email